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Blackhawks seal overtime Game 7 win over Red Wings

The Blackhawks celebrate the winner (©GettyImages)
The Blackhawks celebrate the winner (©GettyImages).

The Chicago Blackhawks overcame the Detroit Red Wings in overtime of Game 7 to progress to the Western Conference Finals on Wednesday night.

Having been down 3-1 at one point in the series, the Game 7 win capped a memorable comeback for the Blackhawks.

They'd had the best regular season record in the NHL coming into the playoffs, but were left on the brink of elimination following a Game 4 defeat.

But the Blackhawks realed off three straight wins, culminating with the 2-1 overtime victory off the back of a Brent Seabrook wrist shot 3:35 into OT.

Speaking to ESPN after the win, Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville said: "You go back to after Game 4.

"Their approach and the belief in the room, and each other, was there. It was a strong season and we had to find a way. I think winning here in Game 5 got us excited again and got the momentum back.

"The last two games were tightly fought and amazing games."

The 2010 Stanley Cup winners now face the LA Kings in the Western Conference finals, after the Kings topped the San Jose Sharks in seven with a 2-1 win of their own on Tuesday night.

On home ice at the United center in Chicago, the Blackhawks went ahead in the second period through Patrick Sharp, sending the sellout crowd of 22,103 into delirium.

The Red Wings fought back though, and levelled the scores less than 60 seconds into the third period - Henrik Zetterberg with the goal.

Red Wings goaltender Jimmy Howard had 33 saves, but couldn't stop defenceman Seabrook's first goal of the postseason in overtime. Seabrook's shot deflected off Detroit defenceman Niklas Kronwall before flying past Howard.

The Blackhawks will host the LA Kings in Game 1 on Saturday night. In the Eastern Conference finals, the Pittsburgh Penguins will host the Boston Bruins in Game 1 also on Saturday.

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